I love when I am in a room full of people that support each other, especially a room of Black women that support each other. At the 7th Annual Essence Magazine, Black Women in Music, I walked the vibrant purple carpet with my mother, Sheryl Lee Ralph. Together we could feel that it was going to be an evening full of magic, especially Black Girl Magic. My mother graced the purple carpet in her BCBG Generation jumpsuit and I quickly followed in my Michael Maven two piece pant set. As we entered the venue (The Avalon in Hollywood), we were surrounded by the smiles of Black women of different shapes, shade, and sizes, each displaying their own unique style. Men and women of different races and cultures attended the event as well, showing that a diverse amount of people support the movement of Black women in music.
I spoke to and interacted with women such as Queen Latifah, Tweet, Vanessa Williams (Soul Food), AJ Johnson (Baby Boy), Keesha Sharp (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), and more. While I wasn’t socializing, I glanced around the room and spotted some of my fellow millennials like Zendaya Coleman, Yara Shahidi, and Johnetta “Netta” Elize. The guest list was great, but since it is Grammy weekend, this event was about the two divas that rocked the stage, Andra Day and Jazmine Sullivan. The two showed up and showed out during their performances. Here are my personal video clips linked to my Twitter of both ladies showing the crowd how Black women in today’s music shut it down.
Andra Day sangin’ her hit single ” Rise Up”, which she dedicated to all the women in the room.
Jazmine Sullivan slayed while singing her 2008 single , “Bust your windows”, which she said was a true story. LOL! I love her even more for saying that, haha.
Both are nominated for Grammy’s this year. Day scored nods for Best R&B performance and Best R&B Album. Sullivan scored three nominations for Best R&B Song, Best Traditional R&B performance, and Best R&B Album. The dynamic divas had the crowd on their feet and having a good time. This event really showed me and others the importance of supporting and embracing Black women in the music industry. Hollywood can have you poppin’ bottles one day and make you you feel like you have nothing the next. Essence Magazine created this evening of song to embrace and support Black women in the entertainment industry. We all need support, especially Black women. Being a young Black woman , I feel it’s important that I, along with other Black women encourage and push one another. We can’t wait for recognition, we must utilize our power and strength to show the entertainment business that Black girls rock and we are here to stay. If we don’t take the time to invest in ourselves, no one else will. Together we are Black Girl Magic!
Click here to see the red carpet recap of Essence’s 2016 Black Women In Music